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What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Our TBI attorneys explain the traumatic brain injury definition and how it affects car accident victims in Michigan

Michigan TBI attorneys define traumatic brain injury as injury caused by trauma (such as an auto accident) resulting in impairment of a person’s functioning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury as a “disrupt[ion] of the normal function of the brain” due to “a bump, blow or jolt to the head …”

Similarly, the Mayo Clinic explains that a traumatic brain injury “usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head that causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull.”

The CDC notes that traumatic brain injuries range in severity from “‘mild,’ i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to ‘severe,’ i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.” The Mayo Clinic adds that there is a middle-ground severity: “moderate.”

The American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine defines mild traumatic brain injury by at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Any period of loss of consciousness;
  • Any loss of memory for events immediately before or after the accident;
  • Any alteration in mental state at the time of the car accident such as feeling dazed, disoriented or confused and;
  • Focal neurological deficits that may or may not be transient.

Read here for the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury.

Facts: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that each year, about 70,000 to 90,000 people suffer TBI, resulting in long-term, substantial loss of functioning. There are approximately 300,000 hospital admissions annually for people with traumatic brain injury. And it’s estimated that tens of thousands sustain traumatic brain injuries that are not diagnosed – but may result in long-term disability every year.

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